July 22, 2010


Dear Mia,

Five years ago today you came into the world, took your first breath and screamed your first scream. The nurses wiped you down, measured you and gave you to me where I held you close to your mother's head so she could see you. You had a bent nose, jet black hair, and legs that desperately wanted your feet to rest beside your ears. While the doctors took care of your mom, I took you out to meet your family. You met your very own paparazzi after which you were whisked away for your first bath and diaper.

Today you are five years old. I have absolutely no idea how that's possible. It's like you were born and we immediately entered some rift in the space-time continuum and, a day or a week later, found ourselves standing here, scratching our heads, looking at this short person with all these ideas and feelings and opinions.

Five years later, the jet black hair is gone. It's brown with blond highlights and stretches to you bottom. Your nose is normal. Your feet have given up their quest to see your ears. Your imagination is nothing short of magical. You sing. You dance. You refuse to color inside the lines because, as you say, you can but it's not as much fun. You march exclusively to the cadence of your own drum. You love your brother, though he annoys you and you hate it when he wanders into your room and even thinks of touching your stuff. But you are protective of him and he worships you. You are the most determined and stubborn person I have ever met. You refuse to give up. You enter, instead, a zone and accomplish whatever it is you set out to do.

I am proud of you and who you are. The pride and love I have for you completely fills me. Were I to let it out all at once it would surely fill the atmosphere and embarrass you greatly but leaving it bottled up without letting a little more out each day would cause me to explode. Words, quite simply, cannot adequately profess my love, my admiration, my respect for you.

Mia, five years ago, your mother and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We were happy and nervous and terrified all wrapped up in great big balls of excitement. Nothing could have prepared us for you and nothing has brought us greater joy than you, in our world, in our family, in our hearts.

I love you, Miabean.


Posted by Chris at July 22, 2010 6:38 AM

That is so sweet!
Happy Birthday Mia!
Let your Daddy help you blow out your candles - it'll make him happy!!

Posted by: Rose @Dozenroses13 at July 22, 2010 6:50 AM

Happy Birthday Mia. As Michael likes to say you are a whole hand!

Posted by: jodifur at July 22, 2010 7:27 AM

Happy Birthday Mia!

No, I don't know where the time goes....my baby turned 20 last Saturday.

Posted by: NancyJ at July 22, 2010 7:30 AM


I remember how much your parents were afraid they could never have a baby. I remember how overjoyed they were when they found out they were going to have you. You are so special and wonderful.

And I will never forget the day you were born, because it was the day before my wedding. With everything going on with your parents at that time, they still sent a present to us. You have one of the best families a little girl could ever want. Luckily, you seem to be one of the best little girls around. :)

Happy Birthday, and lots of love,

Posted by: alektra at July 22, 2010 7:36 AM

Happy Birthday to the sweetest girl in the blogosphere!
Love,Your Cyber Grammy

Posted by: Maribeth at July 22, 2010 7:37 AM

Happy birthday, Mia. :)

Posted by: Poppy at July 22, 2010 7:43 AM

VERY happy birthday to you, Mia. You are five days older than my kiddo, who will be five years old on Tuesday. The time goes very VERY fast for moms and dads, so be sure to give your parents a super big hug today because it's their special day too :)

Posted by: sarah at July 22, 2010 8:19 AM

Happy Birthday, Mia!

But Chris? I think you might want to check your math. She can't possibly be FIVE. That's, like, kindergarten age. And I SWEAR she was just a baby. Um, yesterday. No, seriously. I vividly remember when you blogged about trying to conceive, and the post where you and Beth had pacifiers in your mouths to announce that Mia was on her way.

You have a great little (big) girl, but I don't think that's any surprise when you consider where she came from. I hope you guys have a great time celebrating.

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 22, 2010 8:29 AM

Happy Birthday and a virtual hug 5 year old.

Chris, turn around and they're grown. Treasure this time.

Posted by: Ann Elizabeth Adams at July 22, 2010 9:07 AM

Happy Birthday Mia! 5 years? My! You really are a big girl now :) Just reading about you fills me with joy. I can only imagine what your parents feel. Every morning I check both your parents' site to see if they posted something about you (and your brother) I still distinctly remember the day you were born. Though I never knew your parents, I was thrilled to welcome you into the world. You do have a great family Mia! And you are undoubtedly the most beautiful kid I've ever seen (well... albeit on a computer!)

(Chris... I am assuming you will read these wishes to her and so addressed it to her)

Posted by: Iris at July 22, 2010 9:10 AM

Happy birthday Mia! My little girl turned 5 exactly 1 month ago. Amazing, isn't it??

Posted by: Elizabeth at July 22, 2010 9:15 AM

Miss Mia - I hope your birthday is wonderful! Beth and Chris - congratulations on such a gorgeous little girl!

Posted by: Emily at July 22, 2010 9:28 AM

YAY! Happy birthday to Mia!

Posted by: Laura at July 22, 2010 10:23 AM

Happy Birthday, Sweet, sweet girl! I'm so glad your dad shares you with us.

Posted by: k8 at July 22, 2010 10:53 AM

Happy Birthday Sweet little Mia!! I hope your day is as magical as you are! ;)

Chris & Beth - thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous little people w/ us!

Posted by: Kris at July 22, 2010 10:56 AM

Happy Birthday Mia !

Great parents make great kids !

Posted by: Jade at July 22, 2010 11:22 AM

Happy Birthday to Mia!!!!

A happy family and great kids is what life is all about. Enjoy....

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at July 22, 2010 11:35 AM

Happy birthday, Mia!!! Congrats on 5 years of parenting, Chris and Beth!

Posted by: Brooke at July 22, 2010 11:47 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS MIA!! I hope you have a very happy day filled with lots of giggles and cake!

Oh Chris, where has the time gone? I cannot believe that fuzzy headed baby is 5!

Posted by: zanie at July 22, 2010 12:17 PM

Happy birthday, Mia! I can't believe you're already five, either. How do these things happen?

Posted by: Dawn at July 22, 2010 12:59 PM

Happy Birthday Miss Mia!

I also cannot figure out how she could possibly be FIVE as I started reading here when she was about 5-6 months old! Isn't she still trying to learn to sit up?

Posted by: Procrastamom at July 22, 2010 1:06 PM

Happy birthday Mia! Wow, she was just a baby when I started reading this blog!

Posted by: Katherine at July 22, 2010 1:43 PM

Happy, happy 5th Birthday, Mia!!! Hooray!!

Posted by: Karen at July 22, 2010 1:53 PM

Happy Birthday, Ms. Mia!

And be warned - your dad's posts that begin "Dear Mia" will probably cause you to roll your eyes in junior and high school. But one day, when you are a little older and a lot wiser, your dad's posts that begin "Dear Mia" will be your most prized possession.

Posted by: Mindy at July 22, 2010 3:45 PM

*sniff* Happy birthday Bean!

Posted by: Heather at July 22, 2010 8:01 PM


happy birthday, mia!

Posted by: kati at July 23, 2010 12:03 AM

This is precious! Happy Birthday Mia :)

Posted by: Jane in Pa at July 23, 2010 12:58 AM

Happy birthday Mia! Hope you have an awesome day!

Posted by: Delia at July 23, 2010 2:51 AM

Happy Birthday Mia!

Posted by: Kim at July 23, 2010 10:09 AM

If Mia is five, then I've been reading your blog and Beth's blog for six years. Wow.

Happy birthday Mia!

Posted by: Stephanie at July 23, 2010 4:07 PM

Happy Birthday Mia! I hope you had a very special day!

Posted by: krush at July 25, 2010 9:07 AM


Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at July 26, 2010 1:46 PM

Teehee, you said big balls. Sorry, I've been hanging around 11 and 13 year old boys way to much this summer. Good thing school starts in 1 week.

Happy birthday Mia! She's grown so much since I've been lurking around here.

Posted by: Nila at July 27, 2010 5:18 AM